Vaccination Guidelines

Protect Your Pet From Preventable Disease

At Sardis Animal Hospital, we understand that vaccines protect most pets from serious diseases. However, we don’t believe in giving pets vaccines they don’t need. Our vaccine protocols are based on the recommendations published by the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and The American Association of Feline Practitioners. We consider your pet’s lifestyle, exposure to other animals in kennels and urban dog parks, and your pet’s risk of preventable diseases, then tailor your animal’s vaccine program to his or her particular needs.


We may recommend the following canine vaccines:

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus (DAPP)— 3–year vaccine in second year of vaccinations
  • Rabies—3–year vaccine in second year of vaccinations
  • Leptospirosis—annually, as needed based on your pet’s lifestyle
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) —every twelve months, as needed based on high exposure environments
  • Lyme—annually, as needed based on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure to infected Ticks

    Puppy Series

    Typical vaccines may include:

  • DAPP —start at 8 weeks, then a booster every 4 weeks, at least three doses
  • Rabies—at 16 weeks with last set of puppy boosters
  • Leptospirosis—after 12 weeks as needed for your puppy’s lifestyle
  • Lyme—after 12 weeks as needed for puppy’s lifestyle


    Recommended feline vaccines may include:

  • Feline Distemper/Upper respiratory (FVRCP) — 3–year vaccine in second year of vaccinations
  • Rabies—3 year vaccine in second year of vaccination
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLv) —annually, then trienniel in older cats as needed

    Kitten Series

    Typical vaccines may include:

  • FVRCP and FeLV —start at 8-9 weeks, booster in 4 weeks
  • Rabies—at 14–16 weeks
  • FeLv —recommend for all young cats, at 8–9 weeks, booster 4 weeks later

    If you board your animal, or travel with your pet across the U.S. border, you will usually be required to produce up-to-date vaccination records. We recommend keeping these records handy in order to avoid any last minute confusion.

    We welcome you to bring your questions regarding disease prevention to your pet’s wellness visit, or feel free to call our office with your concerns. For more answers to frequently asked questions about vaccinating your pet, check out the American Veterinary Medical Association website, which is an excellent resource.

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    Last updated: July 15, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have some important updates to our operating policies.

    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Note: We are closed everyday between 12:00 - 1:00 pm

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Sardis Animal Hospital